2016 Spring Leadership Semester Update: April 6th

Our 2016 Spring Leadership Semester students, who are on course for 65 days earning 7 internationally recognized certifications, have just returned from Bocas del Toro in Panama. For the scuba diving phase of this course, they explored the archipelago and enjoyed its warm waters while they completed their NAUI scuba certification.     “Scuba diving was really cool. It […] Read More >

5 Things You Should Know About Turtles In Central America – the Largest in the World!

On Summer Expeditions and Girl Scout Destinations, some of our students get the chance to discover one of the most mysterious animals found in Costa Rica and Panama: leatherback sea turtles! Now, there are no doubts that these turtles are beautiful and will help you have some great pictures after your adventure in Central America, […] Read More >

Felicidades to the SUNY New Paltz 2016 Group Program!

Students from SUNY New Paltz arrived a week ago to our rainforest base in Costa Rica to begin their Custom Course with Outward Bound Costa Rica. After preparing their backpack with their experienced local instructors, students set out early in the morning to drive to Santa Maria, where they started an intense hike in the […] Read More >

5 Reasons to Leave Your Phone Behind When You Travel

  Here at Outward Bound Costa Rica, we’ve adopted a “no technology” policy for students while they are on course with us. We want to maximize their time on course and help them get the most out of the one-of-a-kind adventure they participate in here in the luscious nature of Costa Rica! Whether you are on […] Read More >

Florida Keys To Costa Rica Leadership Semester Update: March 22nd

The students from Hurricane Island Outward Bound School just returned from their rafting phase on el Río Pacuare and have plenty of memories! “Whitewater rafting and dealing with inflatable kayaks was the best part of the course, especially working on swift water rescue. Learning to read the river and being comfortable to work on the river in the end was a […] Read More >

2016 Spring Leadership Semester Update: March 21st

Our 2016 Spring Leadership Semester students, who are on course for 65 days earning 7 internationally recognized certifications, have just arrived from a surfing phase where they have been catching warm-water breaks in Playa Uvita and Playa Dominical. They also got the chance to go to the Manuel Antonio National Park and take a peak at the extraordinary beauty of […] Read More >

10 Reasons to Join Outward Bound Costa Rica on a Summer Expedition

Summer is coming and here at Outward Bound Costa Rica it’s one of our favorite seasons for life-changing adventures! Whether you decide to test your limits on a deep jungle trek through the rainforest of Costa Rica or scuba dive coral reefs in the tropical waters of Panama, plenty of action awaits you in Central […] Read More >


Outward Bound Costa Rica is thrilled to welcome our new Marketing and Media intern, Jennifer Faura to our Communications team. Jennifer will be assisting the team with public relations, outreach and social media. She looks forward to using her skills and experience to promote OBCR’s programs and discovering the beauty of Central America. Jennifer Faura […] Read More >

2016 Spring Leadership Semester Update: March 4th

Our Outdoor Leader Semester students just finished completing their Whitewater Rescue Technician training on the Pacuare River. Learning and practicing techniques such as swiftwater resue, self-rescue and reading whitewater while exploring thrilling rapids was a highlight for many of the students. “It was really fun to swim some rapids and learning to rescue,” said Connor H., from […] Read More >

¡Bienvenida a Soizic! OBCR Welcomes New Marketing & Media Manager!

The Communications staff is excited to welcome our new Marketing & Media Manager to the Outward Bound Costa Rica team! Soizic Hagège will be using her experience and dedication to the Outward Bound mission to spread the word about OBCR’s outdoor programs in Costa Rica and Panama, and the different opportunities for students to get internationally-recognized […] Read More >

Florida Keys to Costa Rica Leadership Semester Update: March 1st

The students from Hurricane Island Outward Bound School recently returned to our Costa Rican rainforest base from a surfing phase in Playa Uvita, an ideal spot for beginners. For many of the students, this phase of their course was their first experience surfing. “I was able to stand on the board and catch broken waves from the […] Read More >

Meet Bailey: Student to Instructor with the Outdoor Leader Semester

Bailey Palmer Hometown: Ventura, California OLS Fall 2014 Alum Bailey was just 13 years old when she completed her first course as a Girl Scout with Outward Bound Costa Rica. This first experience showed her she was capable of more than she ever thought- she couldn’t wait to come back! Bailey returned the following three summers for […] Read More >

Welcome to the Florida Keys to Costa Rica Leadership Semester Students

We were thrilled to welcome the students from Hurricane Island Outward Bound School at our rainforest base in San Ramon de Tres Rios yesterday as they prepare to go on a month-and-a-half adventure in Costa Rica and Panama. The ten students joining us will get the chance to learn about the philosophy of Outward Bound, push their […] Read More >

Featured Alumni Ambassador: Samantha Warren

We’re always proud to hear about our Outward Bound Costa Rica alumni and their amazing accomplishments. Participants of our Alumni Ambassador program help spread the word about their life changing experiences on course. If you would like to join the team and be a featured alumnus on our blog, start by filling out our Alumni Ambassador form.  Name: Samantha Warren […] Read More >

Explore 2016 Summer Expeditions With Videos & Guide

[youtube link=””] Imagine stepping barefoot onto a bed of soft sand, the grains slipping between your toes and the warm sun on your skin as you and your surfboard get ready to hit the waves for the day. Or hiking through a dense, green rainforest, the crisp smell of the outdoors instantly overtaking your nostrils, the […] Read More >

Pink Pangea Joins Outward Bound Costa Rica For Whitewater Rafting Adventure

This past week Outward Bound Costa Rica had the opportunity to share a day on course with writers from Pink Pangea, a community for women who love to travel and write. Nine women from across the United States and Canada traveled with Pink Pangea to Costa Rica for a Yoga & Writing Retreat facilitated by […] Read More >

Welcome to Our 2016 Spring Leadership Semester

Yesterday our 2016 Spring Leadership Semester Students arrived at our rainforest base in San Ramon de Tres Rios to start their 70-day adventure in Costa Rica and Panama. Seven students are joining us from across the United States to learn about the philosophy of Outward Bound as they challenge themselves with adventure activities and earn seven internationally recognized […] Read More >

Girl Scouts Aid in Sea Turtle Conservation: New Video!

Every year, participants on our Sea Turtle Retreat and Scuba & Sea Turtle Adventure Girl Scout Destinations join Outward Bound Costa Rica in aiding with sea turtle conservation efforts. Girl Scouts on these programs venture to Playa Ostional in the Ostional Wildlife Reserve of Costa Rica and San San Pond Sak Wetlands in Bocas del […] Read More >

Special Discount for Members of the National Society of High School Scholars

  Outward Bound Costa Rica and The National Society of High School Scholars are pleased to announce a partnership that offers NSHSS members an opportunity to participate on our outdoor adventure programs in Costa Rica and Panama at a discounted price.   NSHSS members receive a 10% discount on each course. The discount can be applied towards published tuition for any of our courses, […] Read More >

¡Bienvenida A Cahner! OBCR’s New Marketing & Media Intern

Outward Bound Costa Rica is thrilled to welcome our new Marketing & Media intern, Cahner Olson to our communications team. Cahner will assist us with our social media, design and outreach efforts. A talented photographer, she will also use her creative abilities to tell the story of Outward Bound Costa Rica through photographs and video. Cahner […] Read More >